Permaculture Earthworks & Design Workshop 1st – 3rd of July 2021 in McMinnville, Tennessee, USA


Join Geoff Lawton for a unique permaculture consultation design and earthworks workshop. This workshop will give you firsthand insights into Geoff’s best practices and work principles in action. We will take you through each stage of the design and consultation process from the observation and conceptual stages, through to the final design and presentation to the client. The third day we will Geoff will demonstrate how to work with earthworks machine operators to achieve desired permaculture goals. This workshop is intended to help springboard a permaculture practitioner to become a confident permaculture consultant. 


*This workshop will be taking place in McMinnville Tennessee USA on location at the client’s property.

The Brief and Client

To design a permaculture tiny home community made up of individual 1-acre food forests plots each with their own micro cabin. The project will encompass 6 of 20 acres. Over time the entire 20 acres will be transformed to a food forest and host an educational centre for locals to learn about permaculture and food forestry. The long-range goal is to provide information to the local community and visitors on the ease of living a sustainable life.

What you will learn


– Site Observation Skills

– Site Assessment Process

– Design Evolution Process

– Earthworks Process

– Geoff Lawton’s Work Methodology

The About The Project Site 

The site is situated on a 265 acres rural property surrounded by mixed temperate deciduous and conifer forest. There is a 3000 sq feet cabin on the site with 6 acres of clear land that will be the main focus of the design part of this course.


On-site Accommodation Options:

Tent camping (or RV camping) space available



One main cabin with 2 bathrooms, 1 large kitchen and large living room available to gather in. The class will be held in an event tent outdoors.


to the client and their brief for the consultancy.



A walk through the site to develop a full assessment of the potential.



Gathering information on weather, water, soils, local and appropriate domestic species, access, structural positions, slope, orientation, zoning and sectors.


Offering Options

Presentation of options to the client from the minimum to the maximum.


Zoning & Sectors

Defining areas of use both hardware and software.



Listing component options their function, use, connectivity and positioning.


Pattern Options

Offer the design patterning options.



Built infrastructure and technology possibilities.



Lay out the main frame design signed off by the client.



Survey and design the site in detail with easy for anyone to understand technology.


Design styles

Design presentation style options demonstrated for students to choose their own style.



Lay out the strategic approach to the implementation of the design with specific milestones.



Plan the next workshop for the commencement of the implementation process.


Geoff Lawton Permaculture Teacher

Geoff Lawton


Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.


Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.


He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.



The course will be held just outside of McMinnville, TN with many interesting sights to visit. Located almost exactly halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga, approximately 20 miles off Interstate 24’s Exit 111, McMinnville offers a variety of activities suitable for all.

McMinnville, TN & Surrounding Area


 McMinnville is the county seat for Warren County, Tennessee. Warren County was formed in 1807 and named for Major General Joseph Warren, patriot of the American Revolution. Today, Warren County is best known as the Nursery (plants) Capital of the World. With hundreds of nurseries offering both wholesale and retail shopping, Warren County is a landscaping hobbyist’s dream. Yet, trees and shrubs is not all Warren County has to offer! With historical sites like The Black House and Cumberland Caverns, outdoor explorations like Smooth Rapids and Rock Island State Park, as well as newer developments such as the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences, you’d be hard-pressed to run out of thing to do here!



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The Next Steps

1. Check our Courses & Events page and enrol in an additional course to broaden your Permaculture knowledge.

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How To Get here


217 Wash Roberts Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA. The site is only 20 minute drive (13.6 miles) away  from the city centre of McMinnville.


Nearest Airport

Warren County Memorial Airport-Rnc

Nashville International Airport